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In response to “Airport battle could have legal precedent” (June 7) and related articles:

Charlotte taxpayers funded airport; Rucho ignores that

How can Sen. Bob Rucho say that the airport’s physical assets were built with airport revenues when the whole thing started with Charlotte citizen tax dollars and by bond money approved by Charlotte taxpayers over the years?

Again, this is strong-arm robbery by politicians dangling like puppets from the strings of developers.

Steve Shaw

Charlotte

Lack of successor for Jerry Orr drives airport authority issue

In the two or three years before Jerry Orr became aviation director, it seemed obvious – at least to an outsider like me – that he was the obvious successor, having been groomed by the previous director.

That suggests two rhetorical questions:

1. Why is there not a clear successor to Jerry Orr?

2. If there were, would we be having a discussion about moving governance of Charlotte’s airport to an authority?

Neil Gilbert

Marvin


If streetcar is built, eliminate bus routes to save money

The proposed streetcar route goes from central Charlotte to Johnson C. Smith University and to Presbyterian Hospital.

If this project is funded, will present bus routes be eliminated? It would certainly seem to be a duplication of services, as well as costs.

Betty Chastain

Matthews


In response to “McCrory urges end to weekly protests” (June 6):

Gov. McCrory, please listen to what protesters have to say

Did Gov. Pat McCrory really say “I’m very pleased with the way the authorities have handled it, in a nonviolent manner”?

Would Raleigh police actually consider using violence against professors from Duke University and Union Theological Seminary? Attorneys and retirees in their 80s? Against the elderly protester they handcuffed in her wheelchair last Monday?

I implore you, Pat, to not only open your mind, but open your eyes to the courage of those who care about the integrity of North Carolina. Say you are willing to listen.

Martha Brown

Charlotte


To fund roads, tax drivers according to miles driven

Because most newer cars get better gas mileage, N.C. highway fund revenue can no longer be dependent on gasoline sales.

Instead, it should be based on miles driven annually.

This can be reported and paid annually when we have our vehicles inspected for registration renewal.

Jerry Rogers

Concord


In response to “Trimming around edges of tax reform won’t work; be bold” (June 2 Opinion):

Tax reform must include eliminating loopholes

I applaud Sen. Bob Rucho’s words in reference to “bold” tax reform. It remains to be seen if there is courage enough to thoroughly eliminate special interest loopholes that result in public skepticism of the entire system.

Worth Williamson

Charlotte


In response to “The military brass hunkers down” (June 6 Viewpoint):

Don’t let ‘boys will be boys’ attitude permeate society

Thank you David McCumber for a well written, reasoned piece on the foot-dragging the military has exhibited on sexual assault.

As someone who has worked hard to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault in our community, I have seen the harmful lasting effects of the attitude “boys will be boys.”

Human services are left to deal with the aftermath of such harmful attitudes and young men learn it’s OK to be violent, even when out of uniform. It’s precisely when they are young that men and women need to learn appropriate behavior.

I am appalled at the pushback this issue is receiving. This is not a woman’s issue, it is an issue about violence in our society. More men like McCumber should be outraged by it.

Jennifer Watson Roberts

Charlotte


In response to “N.C. rivers belong to the public” (June 2 Viewpoint):

Alcoa a poor steward of river, license shouldn’t be renewed

Writers Curt Whittaker and Scott Brown made a strong case that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should return the rights to the Yadkin River dam at Badin Lake to the people of North Carolina and not hand them back to Alcoa.

In addition to creating very few jobs for the state, Alcoa poisoned the river with PCBs for decades. This is who the federal government wants to manage the river, dam and water?

This is horribly wrong. This should not happen.

Robert Dulin

Charlotte


Breast reconstruction article spoke to many, including me

Thank you for the article on breast reconstruction after cancer (“Painful choices after mastectomy,” June 4).

As a 10-year survivor, I can honestly say the reconstruction part of this journey has by far been the hardest. After countless surgeries with different implant types, fat grafting, acupuncture and exercise, I’ve finally realized, like Roseann Valletti, that I have to get used to this new normal.

Finding the right plastic surgeon who listens is key!

Carol Jackson

Matthews

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